LOWELL -- Being "prepared" is a cornerstone of the Lowell Catholic mission, "Excel. Prepare. Live." At LC, students are not only prepared for college, but 100 percent of LC graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities with impressive scholarships as a credit to their hard work.
Last year's graduating class earned more than $19.5 million in merit based awards and scholarships.
Lowell Catholic's AP curriculum, administered by the College Board, plays a lead role in the rigorous academic program that not only prepares students for college, but has college admissions offices taking notice. Offering more than a dozen courses, LC students have an opportunity to excel academically by completing college credits prior to graduating from high school.
With students scoring above the national and state averages, the AP program continues to expand each year to meet the demand of the students. In addition to the AP courses taught on campus, LC students are able to take advantage of the Virtual High School program, which allows them access to classes that are either not currently offered or do not fit into their schedule.
Student's in Instructor Amanda Fagan's AP Physics course scored exceptionally well on their exams last year. "Physics is fun," Fagan said. "AP courses aren't all about just teaching students more formulas and reading from a textbook. It's an intensive 98 minutes of having young people engaged in open discussion, conceptual thinking and piquing their interest to a point that they don't just answer questions, they are driven to be capable of justifying their rationale for their answer."
"Lowell Catholic also offers students the building blocks to get to the AP-level academics, and not just in one particular subject," she added. "Pre-AP, Honors and college-preparatory course levels at LC help students grow in how they challenge themselves throughout all four years."
For LC's 2012 graduate Bridget Barnes, who is also a 2016 graduate of Merrimack's Honors program, magna cum laude and Presidential Scholar, AP courses were the key to being academically successful in college.
"Earning a Presidential Scholarship at Merrimack College was only the beginning," she said. "Having 16 college credits before starting college meant I was a semester ahead of my class. This not only allowed me to take on a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies and Sustainability, but it also helped my scheduling and balancing college life by being among first in my grade eligible to sign up for courses."
"I didn't think I could take on as much when I went to Merrimack as I had at LC, but I found that the foundation laid in my high-school days solidly prepared me to balance life and be successful in college."
Lowell Catholic is still accepting high school applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Visit www.lowellcatholic.org/admissions or contact Ms. Kristina Hills, Director of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic's ongoing mission to help students excel, prepare and live extends far beyond the walls of the classrooms.
Juniors and seniors recently had an opportunity to participate in one of many global learning immersion trips the school offers. This year, students and faculty traveled to the Dominican Republic to listen, learn and develop a deeper understanding of the needs of local families while living alongside the community members of the Cangrejo neighborhood.
Lowell Catholic students ran a fundraiser to cover the costs of food for the children of the Hogar Immanuel Orphanage for one month. This was a need identified by the staff of Hogar Immanuel and LC gladly accepted and met the challenge by raising nearly $3,000. Students and staff were grateful for the donations and for being able not only to contribute to the orphanage but also stimulate the local economy.
While being immersed in the culture, students communicated in Spanish while giving back to the local community. In addition to volunteering time and resources to the orphanage, they also worked harvesting corn and yucca, painted and cleaned a local park, and also planted beans and other food items to help sustain and provide for the orphanage. The LC students also attended Mass, engaged the locals in conversation, played with the children in the neighborhood, visited local sights and rang in the new year.
"I know our kids will cherish every moment," said Spanish Instructor Chrissy Gill, who has run the annual trip for several years. "We get to experience the Dominican culture and work with the local community. It is a truly invaluable experience to not just volunteer, but to understand and live alongside those who you're helping. When the students create personal bonds, they remember the need and become citizens who continue to be contributors throughout their lives."
LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic recently gave awards to students in grades 5-8 for being exemplary students.
The honors, called "Excel, Prepare, Live Awards," were given to students who have demonstrated the Xaverian values of humility, compassion, simplicity, trust and zeal at Lowell Catholic. Students were nominated by teachers at the elementary school and received their awards in a student assembly at Nangle Hall.
Receiving awards at the ceremony were fifth-grader Ashley Dehney (Dracut), sixth-graders Eva Reyes (Lowell) and Ronan Donaghey (Pelham, N.H.), seventh-graders Keith Pelkey (Chelmsford) and Andrew Grieco (Tewksbury) and eighth-graders Darrel Yepdo (Dracut) and Leah Durkin (Dracut).
LOWELL -- Lowell Catholic elementary students in grades 1-4 participated in a recent Christmas chorus concert that was punctuated with scenes from the Nativity performed by middle-school students.
"It was a beautiful presentation of the true spirit of Christmas," Associate Principal Dan Price said, "and we pray that we can all remain in touch with that spirit throughout the season and beyond."
The first LC Elementary Christmas Show was organized by Maeve Harrington, who contributed artistic direction and beautifully lit backdrop scenery to the show, as well as Rebecca May and the Campus Ministry team.
"Music holds a place of passion and joy for me, and it was such a wonderful experience to not only teach young students the songs but also the meaning behind the songs that they were singing," said May, a Music teacher.
At the end of the performance, the students and the entire audience of more than 500 filled the Keith Gymnasium at Lowell Catholic in a powerful and moving rendition of "Silent Night."
Lowell Catholic is planning an open house for Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.